Savory Pecan Flat
This nut-based baked good serves nicely as a snack, an hors d’oeuvre topped with olive tapenade, or an accompaniment to soup or salad. The recipe can be doubled for a larger batch.
1½ cups blanched almond flour
¾ tsp. Herbamare herb seasoning salt
½ tsp. gluten-free onion powder
¼ tsp. ground thyme
½ cup very finely chopped pecans
1 large egg
1 Tbs. organic extra virgin olive oil
PER SERVING: 103 CAL; 3 G PROT; 9 G TOTAL FAT (1 G SAT FAT); 3 G CARB; 14 MG CHOL; 120 MG SOD; 2 G FIBER; 1 G SUGARS
Looking for a way to make your diet richer in nutrients and flavor? Try using more of nature’s nutritional powerhouses — nuts and seeds. These tiny morsels pack huge nutritional punches. This month, we’ll focus on nuts. Look for my column on seeds in the September issue of Better Nutrition.
Research shows that eating nuts regularly confers many health benefits, including reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. Nuts are also rich in fiber, vitamin E, and various minerals, such as heart-healthy potassium and magnesium. Yet people often avoid nuts because they think they’re fattening. Studies suggest otherwise: people actually lose weight better on nut-rich diets, and those who eat nuts are leaner than those who don’t.
If you find yourself bingeing on nuts, you may have an allergy-addiction—a strange phenomenon in which people crave and continue to eat the very food to which they are allergic. Nuts are a common food allergen, so be sure to avoid any to which you are sensitive. If you’re sensitive to one type, try others. Here are some tips to help you incorporate more nuts in your diet:
Allergaroo Gluten-Free Meals for Kids
If you’re weary of reading labels and scouring shelves for gluten-free fare your kids will eat, you’ll love Allergaroo meals for kids from Allergy Friendly Foods LLC. Developed by a mom who had trouble finding appropriate foods for her child with food allergies, these meals are free of the eight most common food allergens—gluten, milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, and shellfish. Simply pop a pouch of Spaghetti, Chili Mac, or Spyglass Noodles in the microwave for 1 minute, and you’ve got a convenient, great-tasting, gluten-free meal your child will love.